Egret Colony Victoria Point Wetlands Restoration Project

Egret Colony Victoria Point Wetlands Restoration Project

 

Improving ecological shorebirds' habitat and reducing the risk of weed spread.

 

Ramsar wetlands photo with migratory shorebirdsProtecting the habitat of numerous threatened species.

Improving the habitat quality and integrity of the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland as well as protecting the habitat for numerous threatened species. 

Healthy Land & Water’s Egret Colony Victoria Point Wetlands Restoration Project is meant to remove weeds and undertake infill planting across 1 ha of wetland at Egret Colony, Victoria Point.

The site is within/adjacent to the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland, and it is an important area for migratory shorebirds.

This project focus is:

  • Removing weeds and undertaking infill planting across 8ha of wetland.
  • Improving habitat quality and integrity of the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland.
  • Improving habitat ecological functioning.
  • Reducing the risk of weed spread.

 

What we are doing

Eastern Curlew on the beachImprovement of endemic species' recruitment.

The project is to improve the ecological functioning of this important habitat adjacent to the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland.

The project spans two years and all the initiatives reduce the risk of weed spread.

 

Measuring success

As a result of the project, there will be:

  • Removal of weeds and infill planting across 1 ha of wetland at Egret Colony, Victoria Point.
  • Improvement of habitat quality and integrity.
  • Enhancement of feeding and roosting sites for birds, bats, and koalas.
  • Reduced fire impact.
  • Improvement of endemic species’ recruitment.

  

Why this project is important

The Egret Colony Wetlands is a significant Reserve and wetland that provides habitat for several threatened species including koalas, grey-headed flying foxes, and migratory shorebirds.

The project site is within the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland, and it is an important site for migratory shorebirds. This project will focus on the removal of weeds and infill revegetation to improve the ecological functioning of this important habitat and to reduce the risk of weed spread.

Weed removal from the project area will improve the habitat quality and integrity, enhance feeding and roosting sites for birds, bats, and koalas, and reduce the impact of fire, as weeds burn hotter than endemic vegetation. 

 

Project snapshot

Project name:  Egret Colony Victoria Point Wetlands Restoration Project
Project manager:  Chelsea Kluske, Healthy Land & Water
Catchment:  Victoria Point
Timing: 2022 – 2023 (Completed)
Budget: $8,500
Partnerships:

This project is supported by Healthy Land & Water, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and delivered in partnership with Redland City Council.

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What's next

There is huge potential to build on the successful work.

 

Project collaborators

This project is supported by Healthy Land & Water, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and delivered in partnership with Redland City Council.

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